When I visited SolVista, I was surprised to find myself teamed with a guide who was recovering from knee surgery and could negotiate only the gentlest of slopes. But as we explored the resort's two interconnected mountains, I quickly realized that the terrain is so mild that it's perfect for learning - or rehabbing.
So while hardcores will probably want to go elsewhere, the resort, which lies about 15 miles from Winter Park and 25 miles from the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, is perfect for families interested in learning the sport together. Moderate, short slopes all drop to the base area, and this compact scale makes it easy to keep track of little ones. More ambitious skiers, meanwhile, can hop on the free shuttle to nearby Winter Park and Mary Jane for steep, adult thrills.
For lodging, try Kicking Horse Lodge, the resort's new ski-in/ski-out luxury condos. Or consider nearby Devil's Thumb Ranch, a cross-country ski resort nestled in the wilds. The resort offers 16 guest cabins and, new this winter, a 52-room lodge with a full-service spa. Nearby dining options include Hernando's and Fontenot's, both in Winter Park.